Archive for November 2003

Opology to Jamie…

hey, Jamie, I used to work with you at CKS. You were a production artist like me, we did some artwork for some dot com something or other.. I did a “LIVE” sign with a wooden frame, and you did another version with metal. I think I accused you a couple of years ago of using my work on your website portfolio. I’m sorry about that. I was wrong to accuse you of using my work. It was your work that you were showing, and had every right to use for your portfolio.

I hope you see this some day and forgive me.

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flash based music sequencer…

http://composer.extrajetzt.de/ wow, pretty cool for being all done in realtime.. I know the matrix is telling my brain this steak is juicy and delicious….

thanks, Jono…

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Lovemarks.com: I love/respect this brand!

Snarked from Gawker:


Charles “Chucky” Saatchi, swinging advertising mogul, thinks it’s time for you to revel in the consuming pleasure that is Lovemarks: the future beyond brands. At the oddly confusing Lovemarks.com, “real people” write in about how favorite brands moved from objects to something more like family members. Adidas: “Reminds me of my childhood.” BMW: “Mystery, aura and history oozes out.” Abercrombie & Fitch: “I started wearing their clothes and it made me cool and hip differentiating me with the rest of the Gap wearing populace.” (Snicker. Mmm, Snickers! I could go for one of those…)


Link

(Spotted first by Invisible Cowgirl)
[Boing Boing Blog]

This is basically “am I hot or not” for brands… so.. either go rush off to cast your vote now, or.. not.

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open letter to jon@nanocrew.net

what you are building isn’t a hammer, it’s a stick of dynamite. At some point, you have to stop looking at a mountain as a thing to blow up and just accept it as a part of our landscape.

Go make a painting. Or write a song. Lead the creative world by example of construction, not deconstruction. If you think we’re going in the wrong direction, make your own way instead of trying to destroy apple’s way.

You obviously like apple somewhat, so leave them alone. Actively providing the tools to circumvent their music system’s rules is like saying “fuck apple, they should not exist” … I guarantee you the world where apple no longer contributes to the universe of innovation is a world you don’t want to live in.

Think about it. Put your skills to positive use. This isn’t about proving you can undo something that apple is doing wrong. It isn’t about showing off your skills to your friends by how you can crack this code. This is about your place in the grand scheme of things. You’re obviously intelligent, so why not start being smart about how you apply yourself? MP3.com is about to vanish forever. Build a system to replace it. You obviously think all music should be free, so why not use your energy and skills towards replacing what we’re all about to lose?


Steve Cooley

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QTFairUse

If you’re rooting for the crack of what’s arguably the coolest legal music download system on earth (iTunes Music Store), you’re obviously not a musician, or have any respect for art whatsoever. Without any kind of relative perspective on what it means to create a piece of art, you’re caving into consumerism in it’s most idiotic form. You have no clue how hard it is to eke out a song, have the courage to release it to the world, then promote yourself tirelessly just to make ends meet. At some point, you have to stop looking at a mountain as a thing to blow up and just accept it as a beautiful part of our landscape. – steve cooley

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Missy Elliot on SNL…

Dude, wtf is up with all the dancers doing traditional dutch dancing in hip hop gear? That’s kind of embarrassing… or maybe it’s supposed to be awareness building and a wry poke in the eye of what hip hop dancers have turned into?

the world:”Oh, how innovative”…

missy elliot: “eh.. no. not really.”

I dunno.

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HP beats out Apple, others for Michigan laptop program

The Associated Press reports that Michigan officials are recommending the state go with Hewlett-Packard Co. for a statewide laptop computer program. HP beat out four other computer companies including Apple to win the bid. The laptop recommendation is part of the state’s Freedom to Learn program. [MacCentral]

This actually means nothing, as the policy is that the “winner” is only the “recommended provider”.. and not locked in stone. Now all the solutions providers get to go do a virtual land grab for individual school contracts. What a pain in the ass for our team because they’ve been killing themselves for this proposal.

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paper money: star notes

huh, just overheard this guy at Jiffy Lube talking about star notes.. apparently there’s enough mistakes make in the manufacturing of money that they do an overage run to compensate for the mistakes made on press. These sheets have a small star at the end of the serial number, and apparently are worth more money to collectors than their face value. Up to double the face value depending on the quality of the bill and the year of manufacture. Interesting… gonna have to look for these now. Esp. with the new 20’s that just came out.. gonna have to look for them.

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Ferberizing my baby

I wrote a journal entry at TheFeature about training my baby daughter to fall asleep on her own, using the “Ferber” method. It really works!

We decided to ‘ferberize’ [Jane]. Dr. Richard Ferber is a child sleep specialist who has a come up with a method to train babies to go to sleep on their own, and help them sleep through the night. Basically, it works like this: at bedtime, you kiss your baby and set her in the crib and walk out. She’ll holler bloody murder, but you have to stay out of the room for five minutes. Then you can come back in and pat the baby on the back and reassure her that you haven’t packed up and moved to Estonia without her. Then you leave the room again and wait 10 minutes, then 15, then 20. She’ll eventually fall asleep, according to the good doctor.

UPDATE: Here’s the correct link:
Link [Boing Boing Blog]

we were just talking about Jackson and other kids today.. all this info is going to be very interesting in a couple of years. :)

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Elvis Not Included

[Albino Blacksheep]

there’s gotta be a name for this. I’ve seen probably 5 or 10 of this kind of thing. What’s the genreic name for this? (yes, I think I just made up that word.. genreic) A pile of cliche memes…

“Plichemé!” – steve cooley

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C|Net taking over MP3.com [updated]

We got a rogue release from a MacMerc reader that states C|Net is taking over MP3.com. Before you get too excited, the release went on to say that they will take down the music and launch yet another pay-for music service. Timeframe? December 2nd. Start your [free] downloads now!

It’s true! Here’s the post on C|Net. Thanks to the reader for the scoop.

Like Pixels? Check out MacDesign [MacMerc]

cnet? right. so I provide you content, and then you make money off me? I’m hardly excited about this prospect. Where do I opt out?

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mp3.com… poof!

Vivendi sells MP3.com, will erase content
Saturday, November 22, 2003 @ 12:20am
macnn.com

Vivendi Universal recently sold the MP3.com domain to c|net, and instead of selling its archive, containing more than a million songs by 250,000 artists, the company will simply delete the content. Mike Robertson, founder and former CEO of MP3.com is currently pleading with Vivendi and CNET to allow archive.org to mirror the contents. Since many of these artists won’t be able to come up with alternate hosting in that timeframe, and many of them won’t even know it’s happening, what Robertson calls “the largest collection of digital works ever assembled” will cease to exist.

Incredible. mp3.com, while containing 80% crap, was good for 20% good content in the realms of detroit techno and other slight subgenres of techno and house. Life just got harder to find new music from well off the beaten path. Bummer.

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Romano!

Holy shit!! Looks like that chopper really was trying to kill you the first time! Susan’s husband, too! Damn! holy shit, he made it!! wtf happened to that guy??? uh oh, wtf now?? Ah, more injured than we thought… is it over? Where’s Romano? 😉 yes, where is romano?

ah, there he his.

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l33t

Script kiddies? Bring it. [The Adventures of A Boy and His Computer]

« back to blog

I did something (I hope) funny… when I look through my error logs, I keep seeing links like:

/MSOffice/cltreq.asp?UL=1&ACT=4&BUILD=2614&STRMVER=4&CAPREQ=0

/_vti_bin/owssvr.dll?UL=1&ACT=4&BUILD=2614&STRMVER=4&CAPREQ=0

So I added a couple of lines to my .htaccess file:


Redirect /MSOffice http://www.fbi.gov/MSOffice

Redirect /_vti_bin http://www.fbi.gov/_vti_bin

It may not do any good, but it just makes me smile to think of script kiddies all over the world trying to hack my site, and then getting redirected to the FBI site and screaming “fuk! it’s teh f3ds!”

yeah, very clever, only… as long as your IP Address isn’t coming in as the incoming IP address on the fed’s log! otherwise, yeah, that’s brilliant.

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Favor fully formed feeds!

Jim McGee: Full text please. Quoting David Buchan:

A number of the people whose
blogs I read regularly have not set up their systems to provide a full
text feed of each post. 40 words is not enough for me to accurately
decide if I want to read something or not. More often than not the post
gets deleted.
[thought?horizon]

Jim writes:

… if your primary goal is to get your content read, then a full feed is your best bet from my selfish perspective.

Let’s try and amplify that meme a little bit. My last attempt seems to have fallen flat. If you have goodwill but lack know-how, a few weeks ago Lee explained how to include whole entries in your feeds in Movable Type.
[Seb’s Open Research]

You probably already read this, but… I’m just amplifying… Fully formed feeds are my preference, too.

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